Despite knowing Universal Credit causes serious problems for claimants, the Tory government is pressing ahead and rolling it out to thousands of people who will have to wait weeks to receive any money.
Claimants are descending into debt, relying on food banks, getting into rent arrears and in many cases getting evicted from their homes because of in- built problems with Universal Credit. Continue reading
Please note that the next meeting of the Leeds & Wakefield Unite Community Branch will be held on Friday 6th April 2018 1pm-3pm. The first part of the meeting will be the Branch’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) following its postponement in March due to the bad weather.
The second part of the meeting will be the monthly Branch meeting.
The meetings will take place at the Church Institute in the centre of Leeds. Although the postal address is given as 20, New Market Street, Leeds, LS1 6DG, the entrance to the building is on Central Road, just next door to the entrance to the health food store, Out of This World. The directions to the Institute can be found here.
New members welcome.
Please note that the next meeting of the Leeds & Wakefield Unite Community Branch will be held on Friday 2nd March 2018 from 1pm-3pm.
The first part of the meeting will be the Branch’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which officers and representatives will be elected. The second part of the meeting will be the monthly branch meeting.
The meeting will take place at the Church Institute in the centre of Leeds. Although the postal address is given as Market Street, the entrance to the building is on Central Road just next door to the entrance of Out of This World. Directions can be found here.
All members and new members welcome.
As we announced yesterday, Unite the Union staged a protest outside a McAlpine’s building site in Leeds today to say no to blacklisting in the construction industry. Unite activists were joined by members of Unite Community Leeds & Wakefield Branch.
Commuters walking past the McAlpine’s site just opposite an exit from the railway station were given leaflets and spoken to about the problem of blacklisting.
Blacklisting prevents workers, particularly trade unionists, from gainful employment in the construction industry as the result of coordinated blacklisting by building firms.
Unite is taking legal action against blacklisters and is demanding a public inquiry, is seeking to make blacklisting illegal and campaigning to ensure that public sector contracts do not go to blacklisters.
Unite Community says ‘no to blacklisting’ and ‘solidarity’ with Unite’s anti-blacklisting campaigners.
Unite the Union is organising a day of action and lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 6th December against the blacklisting of building workers by construction companies.
Many of those blacklisted or denied employment are active trade unionists fighting for fair conditions in the construction industry.
The day of action coincides with court proceedings being brought by Unite against four leading blacklisters from construction companies.
Lat year Unite won millions of pounds in compensation for hundreds of workers who had been blacklisted.
According to Unite Live, Unite is calling for ‘a full public inquiry into blacklisting, new laws to make blacklisting a criminal offence and the introduction of public procurement rules to bar companies found to have blacklisted workers from bidding for public sector contracts.’
More details on blacklisting can be found here and here
Unite Community Leeds & Wakefield Branch calls upon its members to support the day of action against blacklisting. Please meet 8am, McAlpine Site, City Square, Leeds, LS1 2HT, not far from the railway station.
The Leeds & Wakefield Branch of Unite Community will be setting up a stall, collecting signatures and leafleting in support of the Universal Credit day of action.
Please join us between 11-1 pm on Leeds Kirkgate, off Briggate between Debenhams and Zara on Saturday 2nd December.